PULLMAN, Wash. – Jake Browning and No. 6 Washington passed its final test of the regular season thanks to one nearly perfect quarter.
Browning threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and the Huskies used a 28-point first quarter to beat No. 23 Washington State (8-4, 7-2) on Friday, claiming the Apple Cup for the fourth straight year and the Pac-12 North title.
Washington (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) will take its College Football Playoff hopes into the Pac-12 championship game next Friday against either Colorado or Southern California.
Browning threw all three touchdown passes in the first 15 minutes, hitting Dante Pettis on plays of 18 and 61 yards and John Ross on a 6-yarder. Browning had 243 yards passing by halftime, the Huskies had 386 total yards at the break and even Washington State's third-quarter rally didn't make Washington sweat.
Browning completed 21 of 29 passes, and Ross had eight catches for 80 yards and his 16th TD catch of the season.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was 33 of 50 passing for 269 yards and a 9-yard TD pass to Gabe Marks in the third quarter. But the Cougars were unable to find the end zone on three drives inside the Washington 10.
Eight years after this matchup was mocked because of how bad the two teams were, the Apple Cup was back on a stage of national relevance as the Pac-12 North title game and regarded by many fans as the most important matchup of the 109 meetings.